2022 Renault Austral Teased For The First Time As Kadjar Successor

We’ve been spying on the next-generation Renault Kadjar for some time as our photographers shared the primary batch again in February. However, it is solely now the company with the diamond emblem is offering an official preview of its revamped compact crossover forward of subsequent year’s launch. The sister mannequin of the Nissan Qashqai will bear a distinct moniker because the French are renaming it Austral.

It’s derived from the Latin phrase “australis,” and Renault has determined to decide on this identify because it “resonates in many European languages, including French, which is important for a brand proud of its roots.” Interestingly, we get to seek out out the company has an individual accountable for the technique relating to the nomenclature utilized by the fashions.

Sylvia Dos Santos works throughout the advertising division and says “Austral conjures up the vibrancy and heat of the southern hemisphere. It’s a name that invites travel and is perfect for an SUV. Its harmonious balance of sounds that are easy to pronounce and international.”

Marketing fluff apart, the 2022 Austral wears the brand new company badge additionally seen on the Megane E-Tech and proudly carries the mannequin’s designation within the heart of the tailgate. That is all Renault is prepared to point out in the intervening time, nevertheless it does say the compact crossover might be 4.51 meters and with sufficient space inside for 5 individuals. The total size makes it a tad longer than the Qashqai because the Japanese C-segment crossover stretches at 4.42 meters.

The recent identify is smart when you concentrate on it. Despite prototypes being closely lined in thick camouflage, the check vehicles have given us the impression the brand new Austral will look considerably completely different than the Kadjar earlier than it. A sharper, far much less bulbous design is anticipated from the overhauled mannequin, which can also be set to have a totally redesigned inside.

It stays to be seen whether or not Renault might be happening Nissan’s route by retiring diesel engines for its new high-riding providing. Another piece of the puzzle we’re at the moment lacking issues the Qashqai E-Power, an upcoming hybrid that makes use of the combustion engine to cost the battery because the wheels are pushed by the electrical motor. It’s unclear if the Austral will undertake the identical setup, though we’re tempted to imagine it will use the in-house E-Tech {hardware}.

Renault plans to launch the brand new compact crossover in Europe subsequent spring, which suggests we’re doubtless solely a number of weeks or a few months away from the total debut.

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